2013 - 2014 Season

The Irish Repertory Theatre

in association with 1407 Productions presents

the World Premiere Production of
A New Musical

Book by Thomas Keneally
Music & Lyrics by Larry Kirwan

Directed by Tony Walton
Choreography by Barry McNabb
Music Director John Bell

Set Design by Tony Walton
Costume Design by Linda Fisher
Lighting Design by Richard Pilbrow & Michael Gottlieb

Sound Design by Carl Casella

Projection Design by Yana Biryukova
Hair Design by Robert Charles Vallance 

February 7- April 6, 2014

Sprung from the pen of world-renowned author Thomas Keneally (Schindler's List,) Transport derives from the true story recalled by the grandmother of his wife, Judy, who journeyed in chains from Cork, Ireland to Sydney, Australia in 1846. Transport tells the story of the impoverished Irish women and young girls (the so- called “undesirables”) who were deported on The Whisper, a prison ship, to the Australian penal colonies. Transport’s characters include members of the ship’s crew, an exiled Irish priest, and four of the unfortunate female prisoners. With an authentic score by Black 47's Larry Kirwan that features traditional Irish music mixed with a contemporary Folk-Rock & Broadway resonance, Transport transcends time, place and character with a hauntingly moving immediacy intertwined with the indomitable Irish spirit and a shared and abiding humanity.

Performance Schedule:
Wed at 3pm & 8pm
| Thu at 7pm | Fri at 8pm | Sat at 3pm & 8pm | Sun at 3pm
Tickets: $65 Orchestra, $30 Partial View

Approx. Running Time: 90 minutes with one intermission

Opening Night February 16, 2014

What the Critics are Saying:

“Bound for Australia, the prison ship is packed with Irishwomen brought aboard in chains. The year is 1838, and a rebel among the convicts is plotting insurrection. A small, fierce creature with streaming red hair, Kate O’Hare dreams of seizing the vessel and sailing for the freedom of New York. “And did God give me my raging heart,” she asks, “that I should swallow it and let it be turned to a stone behind my ribs?” In its world premiere production, directed by Tony Walton at Irish Repertory Theater, the show floats along on the strength of Mr. Kirwan’s fiddle- and flute-filled score. The five-piece band, led by John Bell, is in fine form throughout. The songs are pretty and anodyne, more evocative than distinctive: many in the spirit of traditional Irish music, others in the Broadway vein. Jessica Grové’s fiery, fully realized performance as Kate (is) all the more triumphant”   -The New York Times

"If you want to see a splendid musical about history, a show that simply soars, see Transport". -History News Network

"The music is pleasant, the lyrics intelligent and the story is engrossing." -Black Tie Magazine

“Everyone is start-to-finish terrific… satisfying, and satisfyingly unusual.” -Talkin’ Broadway

“the music is stirring and the subject engrossing… endlessly fascinating… hearty-voiced cast” –TheaterMania

"celebrates the triumph of the human spirit… makes for an evening well spent –Theater Is Easy

“Keneally found an ideal musical partner in Larry Kirwan… a small musical with a big heart.” - CurtainUp

“...it is an extremely difficult task to bring the thousands of stories, the enormity of the injustices, and the depth of spirit to bear on one stage in one show in under two hours.  But this marvelous cast...bring[s] a depth of humanity to each of their roles....See this show and be transported with them.” -NY Theatre Now

“The show is well-staged and designed by Tony Walton (a multiple Tony nominee for shows going to back to the original Pippin), whose modest set efficiently suggests a ship’s various decks and nooks.” - New York Post


The Sunday Times of Ireland interviews Tom Keneally & Larry Kirwan
about the history behind the new musical, Transport

RTÉ Radio chats with Tom Keneally about the real-life story that inspired Transport

Cast: (in order of appearance)                                                       
Bride Riordan  Pearl Rhein
Kate O'Hare  Jessica Grové
Polly Cantwell  Emily Skeggs
Maggie Carroll  Terry Donnelly
Surgeon Delamare  Edward Watts
Captain Winton  Mark Coffin
Hennessy  Patrick Cummings
Father Manion  Sean Gormley
Piano John Bell
Guitar Stew Cutler
Violin Suzy Perelman
Drums Thomas Hamlin
Pipes Jeremy Clayton
Artistic Team:  
Director Tony Walton
Choreography Barry McNabb
Music Director & Arrangements
John Bell
Set Design Tony Walton
Costume Design Linda Fisher
Lighting Design Richard Pilbrow & Michael Gottlieb
Sound Design Carl Casella
Projections Yana Biryukova
Properties Deirdre Brennan
Assistant Set Designer Katherine DeNeve
Dialect Coach Stephen Gabis
Wigs Robert-Charles Vallance
Production Stage Manager Christine Lemme
Assistant Stage Manager Pamela Brusoski













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